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NPCC rejects GoN’s decision to nominate advisory councils to ULBs

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KOHIMA, NOVEMBER 22: The Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) today rejected Nagaland Government’s decision to nominate advisory councils to the Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) in the State.
Addressing a press conference at Congress Bhavan here, NPCC president K Therie said the November 18 notification of the State Government to nominate advisory council to the ULBs should be kept in abeyance as the matter relating to the Nagaland Municipal Act 2001 is pending before the Supreme Court,

In this, he said, the State Congress Legal Cell during its meeting held today decided to write to all Deputy Commissioners and Additional Deputy Commissioners wherever the municipal and town councils exist to withhold the Government order to nominate the advisory council by November 30, 2021, as it is inconsistent with the provisions of the Municipal Act.
Therie said that the action of the Government to nominate advisory Council members instead of conducting election to the ULB is against the provisions of the Municipal Act as it does not contain any provision for nomination without conducting proper elections.
“ULBs are supposed to have elected representatives of the people and not Government’s nominated persons”, he said, adding that nomination of advisory council would be in complete violation of the Municipal Act and overriding the Supreme Court order.
The Government wants to nominate advisory councils for petty funds from the Centre, but they can’t detect the people as there is no provision for nomination of members to the ULBs without elections.
Only after proper election is done, the Government can nominate one-third of the members reserved for women.

He also asked the State Government to make amendments to the Municipal Act wherever necessary and table it in the Assembly to be legislated and implemented for the conduct of proper elections to the ULBs.
Asked if the Congress supports the 3 municipal bodies of Dimapur, Kohima and Mokokchung rejecting the same notification, Therie said “we have the same objective and stand with the municipal bodies”.
NPCC working president Khriedi Theünuo said that a special leave petition and Civil Appeal was filed by Naga Mothers’ Association (NMA) before the Supreme Court on conduct of the ULB elections with 33% women reservation but was withdrawn by them in 2017.
However, another application has been filed by Peoples Union for Civil Liberties, as petitioner in place of NMA and the matter is still pending before the Supreme Court and nominating the advisory councils would be contempt of court, he said.
Asked on the demand for districts by various Sub-Divisions in the State, NPCC president Therie said the demand has been growing because the present Government has centralized the powers and is concentrating only in Kohima.
“Powers have to decentralize instead of concentrating everything in one place alone”, he said, adding that no funds are percolating to other areas, including the oldest districts ~ Tuensang and Mon.
If powers are decentralized there will be no need for too many administrative structures (districts), he said because power is centralized and the Government is in a complex situation.

Touching on the Naga Political Issue (NPI), Therie said the talks are over for Nagaland as per the declaration of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and for Interlocutor RN Ravi and it is only to be implemented and we hope it will be implemented after the Manipur elections in 2022.
On the formation of the United Democratic Alliance, an opposition-less government in Nagaland for Naga political issue, Therie said “we are all for solution and they (legislators) don’t have to say anything but they only have to say “implement whatever has been decided”.
“That would have resolved everything but instead of endorsing the decision of the negotiations which have taken place, they are asking for negotiations to continue”, he said.
Nonetheless, while reiterating that what more is there to negotiate after having concluded the talks, Therie said “their agenda should be laid down before the people”.
On the NSCN (IM)’s consistent stand of flag and constitution, Therie said when the Framework Agreement was signed he had asked the Government of India what was its inner mind to give to the NSCN (IM), and the Centre had said that it would organize the hill districts of Manipur in to one autonomous council under the 6th Schedule but the hill districts are not united and it could not be done.

After that they (NSCN-IM) started talking of flag and constitution after mentioning sovereignty, he said while questioning do we need to register in the Societies registration Act with flag and constitution.
It has become meaningless, said Therie while demanding the NSCN (IM) to spell out the contents of their demand. He was also skeptical whether the NSCN (IM) had given any concrete agenda demanding any solution to the Government of India in their 30-point demand.
“Talks have been going on for the last 25 years but we have not seen any concrete document, except the Framework Agreement, which also does not spell out anything”, said Therie.
(Page News Service)